Public Brainpower

Civil Society and Natural Resource Management

Editors: Overland, Indra (Ed.)

  • Presents unique, comparative empirical case studies of 18 oil and gas-producing countries around the world
  • Explores the role of civil society in the governance of natural resources and deliberates on how these countries can benefit from their resource revenue, and why many of them have failed to prepare for the current downturn in oil prices
  • Highly relevant for both petroleum sector professionals/academics/students and journalists and civil society activists
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This book discusses how civil society, public debate and freedom of speech affect the management of natural resources. Drawing on the work of Robert Dahl, Jürgen Habermas and Robert Putnam, the book introduces the concept of public brainpower. Good governance of natural resources requires fertile public debate – to conceive new institutions, to provide checks and balances on existing institutions and to ensure their continuous dynamic evolution as the needs of society change.

The book explores the strengths and weaknesses of these ideas through case studies of 18 oil and gas-producing countries: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and Venezuela. The concluding chapter presents 10 tenets on how states can maximize their public brainpower, as well as a ranking of how well 33 resource-rich countries have succeeded in doing so.

Four of the chapters – ‘Introduction’, ‘Norway’, ‘Kazakhstan’ and ‘Russia’ – are available under a CC BY 4.0 Open Access license at link.springer.com.

About the authors

Indra Overland is a research professor and head of the Energy Programme at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and professor (part-time) at Nord University in Bodø, Norway. He has previously headed the Russia, Eurasia and Arctic Research Group at NUPI and established the PRIX Index forecasting supply-side political risks for international oil markets. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the year 2000 and was awarded the Toby Jackman Prize for best PhD dissertation, The International Journal’s Marcel Cadieux Prize for best article, NUPI’s Stuland Prize for academic publishing. He co-authored the most-cited article published in the Journal of Eurasian Studies, and is ranked among the top 1% of researchers on Academia.edu.

Other Contributors:

Paola Rivetti, Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East and International Relations, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland

Francesco Cavatorta, Lecturer in International Political Economy, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK.

Kenan Aslanli, Programme Officer for Asia at the International Budget Partnership; Guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna, Austria.

Shantel Jordison, Manager, Extractive Resource Governance Programme, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, Canada.

Jesse Salah Ovadia, International Political Economy, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK.

Carlo Tognato, Director, Centre for Social Studies, National University of Colombia; Director, Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría Centre for Civil Reconstruction; Faculty Fellow, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, USA.

Robert Springborg, Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK; Research Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs, Italy.

Ibrahim Al Marashi, Assistant Professor, Department of History, California State University, San Marcos, USA.

Roman Vakulchuk, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway.

Ebtissam Al Kailani-Chariat, Counsel and co-founder of Libyan Lawyers for Justice and Co-founder of Al Kailani Consulting, Paris, France.

Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft Netherlands; Research Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme; member, Editorial Board of Energy Policy; instructor, Florence School of Regulation, Italy.

Cyril Obi, Program Director, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), USA; Research Associate, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Visiting Scholar, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, NY, USA.

Steven Wright, Associate Professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies, Department of International Affairs, Qatar University; Associate Dean for Planning and Quality Assurance, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.

Nina Poussenkova, Senior Researcher, Institute for World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

Mark C. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Martin Hvidt, Professor, Zayed University, UAE; Associate Professor in Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Philip Wright, Scientific Director, Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia; Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK.

Juan Carlos Boué, Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK.

Ricardo Villasmil, Professor, Public Politics Centre, Venezuela; Professor, International Centre for Energy and the Environment, IESA, Valencia, Venezuela.

 

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction: Civil Society, Public Debate and Natural Resource Management

    Overland, Indra

    Pages 1-22

  • Algeria: Oil and Public Opinion

    Rivetti, Paola (et al.)

    Pages 23-40

  • Angola: Civil Society Actors and Petroleum Management

    Ovadia, Jesse Salah

    Pages 41-54

  • Azerbaijan: Civil Society and the Petroleum Sector

    Aslanli, Kenan

    Pages 55-73

  • Canada: The Debate About Oil and Gas Management

    Jordison, Shantel

    Pages 75-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Public Brainpower
Book Subtitle
Civil Society and Natural Resource Management
Editors
  • Indra Overland
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60627-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60627-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60626-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 407
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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